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Taiwan Church News

3290 Edition

March 16 -22, 2015

Ministry News

 

 

 

Tokyo Taiwan Church Celebrates Her 90th Anniversary With Guests From PCT, UCCJ And Neighbors

 

 

 

Reported by Hwang Yi-lek

 

 

 

As the first oversea church of PCT, Tokyo Taiwan Church(TTC) celebrates her 90th anniversary on March 1st. This jubilant celebration has a very special significance for PCT's 150 mission in Taiwan; it means a historic transformation of PCT's role in evangelicalism, changing from passive reception of the gospel into active sharing the good news overseas, has reached an important milestone of 90 years.

 

 

At 2:30 p.m on March 1st, a thanksgiving service is held at TTC. Many guests are invited to witness this historical moment, including Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong - PCT General Secretary, Rev. Nagasaki Tetsuo - General Secretary of United Church of Christ in Japan, Rev. Tsai Yi-hseen - Former Pastor of TTC, Rev. Fang Lang-ting - President of Taiwan Church Press and some pastors from the neighboring churches. Around 150 people are invited to take part in this special service. The service is divided into four parts, entitled in a chronicle drama as "In the very beginning", "Sailed through a storm of the wind on the lake", "God leads the way" and "Giving thanks". Footage of the church's history is played with the Confession of PCT interpolated in the whole service. Many church members are deeply touched and wept.

 

 

Rev. Lee Meng-tse, pastor of TTC, gives his sermon entitled as "Challenges from Mission and History". Emphasizing a necessary role of correct teaching during the evangelical mission, Rev. Lee reminds the audience to think again about the crusades stories in medieval church. "If our mission does not care about the correct teaching of faith, what does it mean to bring more people coming into church?", asks Rev. Lee. He says, the great commission of Jesus is not only "Go ye therefore", but also "teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you...". In addition, Rev. Lee raises the famous historical stories of Copernicus and Galileo, persecuted by the dogmatic medieval church but finally got the Pope's apology from the Vatican in 1992 ad 2008 respectively, explicating the true Christian faith has to be reflective and humble in order to stand firm within history.

 

 

Celebrating the 90th birthday of TTC, Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong brings three presents: table-size cross,  program pamphlet for celebrating the 150th PCT anniversary and the Taiwanese learning material « LÂI ÒH TÂI GÚ ». Rev. Lyim hope TTC members could invite more friends to visit Taiwan and join the events of the 150th PCT anniversary. In the meantime, he hopes the next generation of TTC members do not forget our common mother tongue - TÂI GÚ.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

Established since 1925, Tokyo Taiwan Church Celebrates Her 90th Anniversary on March 1st with guests from PCT, UCCJ and neighboring churches.

 

Photo by Hwang Yi-lek


 
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Taiwan Church News

3290 Edition

March 16 - 22, 2015

Headline News

 

 

Bid Farewell To Nuclear Power, People Assembly Across Taiwan Urging Renewable Energy Technology

 

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 

An island-wide demonstration, appealing to "Bid Farewell To Nuclear Power, Advocate Renewable Energy Technology", is held at four metropolis in Taipei, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Taitung on March 14. Being aware of the urgency to build a safe and sustainable Taiwan, tens of thousands of people take on the street to express their anti-nuclear stance.

 

 

At the demonstration site along the Katagalan Boulevard of Taipei, there are 27 anti-nuclear groups gathered communicating with the crowds their ideas and thoughts about why Taiwan has to abolish nuclear power and how to find a sustainable and renewable energy technology. Within this demonstrating assembly, two aboriginal groups, Indigenous Youth Front(IYF) and Nanao Youth Union, are specially noteworthy. As their appeals to stop the nuclear are not future-oriented but based on their suffering experiences and undergoing power abuse from the government.

 

 

Taiwan government's decision, choosing the aboriginal lands in Orchid Island and Nanao Township as the dumping yard of nuclear waste in 2017, not only angered the aboriginal people of Tao and Tayal but also went against Aboriginal Basic Acts for negligence of the aboriginals' autonomy rights and welfare.

 

Syamen Womzas, an Orchid Island resident and Tao Aborigine, said the government had promised 12 years ago to remove nuclear waste stored in his hometown but still failed to fulfill. “The government stored nuclear waste on Orchid Island through deception. The residents never agreed to the plan. It is very unfair to us who do not use nuclear energy. We hope that the government relocates the waste soon,” said Syamen Womzas.

 

Piho Yuhaw, an Atayal Aborigine from Yilan’s Nanao Township, expresses his worry that the government are conducting geological survey in order to set up a deep geological repository of nuclear waste on the border of Yilan and Hualien counties, which is close to his home town.

 

 

Chen Yi-zen, member of IYF and So-shan Presbyterian Church, laments that the aboriginal place like Nanao and Taroko are still secretly designated by the government as the most likely candidates of nuclear waste's dumping yards, even though PCT has stood by the aboriginal movement for over 20 years. "At this very moment, church should take more care about such nuclear-related issues, because the oppressed indigenous people are exposed to the threat from a horrible nuclear catastrophe!".

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

With a banner, read "Anti-Nuclear Waste! Tayal Aboriginal At Nonao Township Will 'Quit Nuclear Game Ever!'", aboriginal peoples and Taiwan public demonstrates their anti-nuclear stance at Taipei and three other cities on March 14th 2015.

 

 

Photo by Kan Hong-chi

 

 
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Taiwan Church Press

3289 Edition

March 9 - 15, 2015

Church Ministry

 

 

 

"Surf Comes To Pound Our Coast", A Taiwanese Folk Opera About Dr. McKay Are Launched An Itinerant Performance

 

 

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

 

To celebrate 150th Anniversary of PCT Mission and the establishment of 135th Anniversary of McKay Memorial Hospital(MMH), a Taiwanese folk opera - "Surf Come To Pound Our Coast - Taiwan's Son-In-Law: McKay" was launched a itinerant performance from Hwa-lien on March 13th.

 

 

 

As this opera is a special cooperation between MMH and National Taiwan College of Performing Arts(NTCPA), Mr Hwang Chun-sen, Managing Director of MMH, told the story why MMH wished to use Taiwanese folk opera to commemorate the pioneering missionary - Dr. McKay. "When Dr. McKay traveled to Mon-ka, a northern Taiwanese town, he bumped into one Taiwanese folk opera staged outdoors. As Mckay has a big beard, not minding he was a foreigner, local people invited him to play Kuan-gon, a traditional hero-turned-into-god renown with beard and dark face", said Hwang. To commemorate Dr. McKay's evangelical spirit to preach the Kingdom of God around Taiwan, Hwang expected this specially adapted Taiwanese folk opera could touch the heart of the Taiwan society.

 

 

 

Ms Katheleen McKay, Executive Director of The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, remarked that Mckay not only did a great contributions to Taiwan through medicine and education but also did a significant job importing overseas fruit and vegetable into Taiwan. "Dr Mckay's achievement is an important milestone in Taiwan history. And he also initiated the 150 years solid relationship between Canada and Taiwan", said K. Mckay. She also hoped more Taiwanese can know learn more about Dr Mckay's legacy through this wonderfully adapted Taiwanese folk opera.

 

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

Major actors of "Surf Comes To Pound Our Coast" took a photo with senior officials of McKay Memorial Hospital.

 

Photo by Lin Yi-ying

 
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Taiwan Church News

3289 Edition

March 9 - 15, 2015

Headline News

 

 

 

Taiwan Oppose China's Unilateral Implementation Of M503 Flight Route

 

 

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 

 

In the afternoon of March 4, members of Economic Democracy Union(EDU), an umbrella organization of former Democratic Frontline of Anti-Blackbox Service & Trade Act, protested before the Taipei branch offices of China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Air. Strong anger and discontents were roared against China's arbitrary implementation of M503 flight route from March 5th 2015.


 

Lawyer Lai Chung-chian, spokesman of EDU, urged Taiwan people stop China's military ambition making Taiwan Strait become China's inner sea. "Because the distance between M503 route and the median line of Taiwan Strait is 7.8 kilometer only; not only Taiwan's Flight Information Zone is severely threatened, but also M503 could become a line of departure for China's military invasion."


 

According to the coverage of Apple Daily, a national newspaper, Mrs Kuan Pi-ling, who is a DPP lawmaker in Transportation Committee of Legislative Yuan, warned that China's fighter jet could penetrate into Taiwan's air defense territory within 16. 35 seconds through high altitude air or within 27.23 seconds through low altitude air, once M503 route is set up. Lawyer Lai Chung-chian even reminded that China's fighter jet could reach Taipei, Taiwan's Capital, within 5 minutes.

 

Rev. Lin Wei-lian, Secretary of PCT Church and Society Committee, asked Taiwan society giving a serious concern about this event as the door of Taiwan is violently trespassed. At the protesting site, Rev. Lin also lead the assembly to chant the slogan: "Save Our Country, By Our Hands!".

 

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

Chanting the slogan, "Save Our Country, By Our Hands!", Rev. Lin Wei-lian, Secretary of PCT Church and Society Committee, led the assembly protesting against China's trespassing on M503 flight route before the Taipei branch offices of China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airon March 4th 2015.

 

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 
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Taiwan Church Press

3288 Edition

March 2 - 8, 2015

Church Ministry

 



The 68th Anniversary Of 228 Massacre Is Commemorated Across Taiwan

 

 



Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong from Taipei

 

 



Organized by Taiwan Nation Alliance(TNA) and Taiwan 228 Care Assembly, a memorial service and musical concert for the 68th anniversary of 228 massacre was held at Taipei 228 Memorial Park in the afternoon on February 28th 2015. Except using the musics to commemorate  the victims, express condolence to their families and remind the public do not forget this atrocious history, the organizers of this concert urged the government disclosing the truth, de-classifying official documents and publishing the national archives in order to realize the transformation of justice.


 

 

Rev. Hsu Chen-dao, pastor of Shih-lin Presbyterian Church, told the audience that the national commemoration day of 228 is absolutely not a day for holiday. It is a day helping us to understand the sufferings and horrors of our ancestors during this massacre. Hsu recommended two books for a better understanding of 228 massacre: one is "The Disappearing Taiwan Elites In 228 Massacre" published by Yu-shan Publishing Co., the other as "Epidemics and 228" published by Wu San-lien Foundation. Finally, Hsu prayed with the assembly asking Lord make the Taiwan society march forward in solidarity to become an independent, democratic and free country!

 

 

 

Tsai Ing-wen, Chairwoman of Democratic Progressive Party(DPP), was also invited to give her speech. Tsai stressed that history can be forgiven but can not be forgotten. As a DPP Presidential candidate for  the 2016 Presidential election, she promised to make the ideal of transformation of justice come true. "Because to learn from the difficult and suffering path that Taiwan had went through and fight for our next generation for a democratic and free country is our belief and our mission!", said Tsai.

 

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

A memorial service and musical concert for the 68th anniversary of 228 massacre was held at Taipei 228 Memorial Park in the afternoon on February 28th 2015.

 

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 
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Taiwan Church Press

3288 Edition

March 2 -  8, 2015

Headline News


Taiwan's Rachmaninoff, Prof. Siau Thâi-jiân, Passed Away On February 24th 2015


 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying and Chen Yi-hsuan

 


Outstanding classic musics composer, Siau Thâi-jiân, known as "Taiwan's Rachmaninoff", passed away at the age of 78 in his Los Angeles' residence at 9:10 a.m. on February 24. As Siau's son, Joseph, posted the message on Facebook: "My Father, is now in heaven today as of 9:10 am. No more pain and suffering."


 

In order to pay a tribute and commemoration to Siau Thâi-jiân, two musical concerts are promptly held at Tong-men Presbyterian Church of Chaiyi and Taipei respectively on February 28 and March 7. A farewell memorial service will also be held at Evangelical Formosan Church in Los Angeles on March 14.

 

 

Born in Fon-shan town of Kaohsiung area on January 1st 1938, Siau Thâi-jiân starts his career early in musics through the enlightenment of his pianist mother. At the age of 7, he had performed on the stage. Siau's father, a physician graduated from Japan's medical school, originally wished Siau to succeed his business, yet persuaded by the Principal of Chang Jung High School - Mr Dai Ming-fu, Siau entered Taiwan Provincial Normal Institute to study musics in 1959.


 

In 1965, after college graduation, Siau was allowed to enter Japan's famous musical college, Musashino Academia Musicae, studying piano under Prof. Nakane Nobue. As Siau's musical talents was admired by Prof. Fujimoto Hideo, a harmonics professor, he was granted a chance to learn the art of composition for free from Prof. Hideo. In 1967, when he returned to Taiwan, Siau married his wife, Kao Jen-chu, who was one of the descendants of Kao Chang, the famous Presbyterian evangelical pastor in 19th century Taiwan.

 

Since 1967, Siau's teaching careers in musics started to blossom.  In 1971, he composed the opera Jesus Christ with the libretto by his father, the Elder Siau Ray-an. Siau confessed in the preface of this opera: " ...this musical piece is not only his forever respect and remembrance toward his father, but also a confessional faith to God and a present of thanksgiving". Siau was appointed Professor at National Taiwan Normal University in 1973.

 

 

In 1977, due to the failure of his wife's business, Siau relocated to the United States as a father of four children. And this would be an 18 years' stay. Initially, depressed and homesick, Siau composed nothing when he stayed in Atlanta for his first year. Things changed and his musical creativity awakened, when he did his occasional piano playing in a gift shop for his own entertainment, an old lady took time to listen and said: "Young man! You are so talented. Why are you here?" This question took Siau back into the musics composition.

 

 

Since then, Siau got back to musical school and started re-editing many Taiwanese folk songs, like "Longing for the Spring Breeze", "Taiwan Melody", "Hometown At The Sunset" and "Once Upon A Time - Old Melody in Hen-chun "; composing many new folk songs, like "Out Travelers", "Love Taiwan" and "The Prodigal Son". In 1980, after Siau composed the very fashionable folk song of "March For Democracy", he was enlisted by KMT in the black name-list, inhibiting him to return Taiwan until 1995.

 

 

From 1993, Siau started to compose his most renown 1947 Overture. But, due to a serious rupture of cardiovascular aortic aneurysm, Siau was forced to stop his composition without knowing if this important piece could be finished or not. Thanks for God's amazing grace, Siau recovered in 1994 and completed this historic overture for Taiwan.

 

 

It is said that the characteristics of Siau Thâi-jiân's musics is "[his efforts] to use the spirit of Taiwanese folk melody as the core and melt it into the classic, romantic, impressionistic and modern styles of music to form the basis for the neo-Taiwanese music style." Witnessing so many wonderful musical pieces being composed and bequeathed to Taiwan, be it 1947 OvertureTaiwan the Green and etc, we cannot help but pay our utmost tribute to Siau Thâi-jiân!

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

Prof.  Siau Thâi-jiân (1938 - 2015) , composer of 1947 Overture and Taiwan the Green, passed away on February 24th 2015.

 
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